June Carter Cash's Death, Life, And Times: Biography Of The Woman Who Made Johnny Cash Better

By Kellar Ellsworth
American country singer Johnny Cash with his wife June Carter photographed in a London park during their visit to Britain, a few weeks after their wedding. 3rd May 1968. (Photo by Ley, Charlie/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

Even before she married Johnny Cash, June Carter was country-music royalty as a young member of the Carter Family. Her mother Maybelle, with June's uncle A.P. Carter and aunt Sara Carter, recorded Appalachian folk songs in the 1920s and onward that became the bedrock of the developing genre of country music. After the original Carter Family disbanded in 1944, June performed and recorded with two sisters and her mother as The Carter Sisters or Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. As Johnny Cash's wife, and his duet partner (most notably on the song "Jackson"), June Carter Cash was the guiding light of the most important country artist this side of Hank Williams.